What a waste of money

Angry Wolves fans have hit back at Aston Villa owner Tony Xia after he seemed to imply that the league-leaders have an unfair advantage in the transfer market.

Xia was referring to the influence of super-agent Jorge Mendes and his relationship with the Wolves owners. Fosun, during his latest Twitter outburst.

Super agent Mendes acts as an adviser to the club's owners Fosun and has been instrumental in transfer dealings over the last 18 months which has seen the likes of Ruben Neves, Helder Costa and Diogo Jota arrive at Molineux.

That recruitment has paid dividends with Wolves currently 12 points clear at the top of the Championship.

The table-toppers have also added Rafa Mir from Valencia this month and continue to be linked with a host of other players.

Villa, meanwhile, will be reliant on loans in January to adhere to Financial Fair Play restrictions as they look to reinforce their promotion bid.

Xia said: "Wolves didn’t need spend much but get loan those players due to M [Mendes] connection.

"No other clubs can get player like Jota playing in Championship, and with very low wage too."

It has prompted an angry response from Wolves fans who hit back on Twitter at the Chinese businessman:

Marc Nock: You spent 12 million on Ross McCormack, 12 million on Kodjia,10 million on Hogan,9 mill on Chester,5 mill on tshibola,4 on Jedinak, to name but a few. Basically you spent lots and we spent wisely.

Carsten Fog Hansen: A tweet right out of the "Donald Trump school of tweeting".

Kevin Young: Sir. If you don’t mind me saying what happens at Wolves is none of your business. No one at Wolves will comment on Villa business so focus on your own club.

X.: Lose the hard luck story Dr Tone, you've wasted millions on Championship level players.

Malteser: You won't be going back to the premier league any time soon mate so you might as well get used to playing hoof ball in the championship for a considerable number of years

Gianfranco Geraci: I have nothing against Villa but you have invested poorly in some average players. Gabby Agbonlahor must be on a high wage, maybe time to let him go?

Ross Mackenzie: Some truth in that but it's not enough just to work closely with an agent. Mendes can't force players/managers to move here. They have to be convinced of the clubs's ambition, and impressed by facilities & squad. Marquee signing of Costa last Jan did a lot to raise the profile

James: I’d rather spend 100k a week on Boly, Jota and Neves than John Terry. Remind me again how much Ross McCormack cost you lot?!?!

Mark Ford: The way you have spent money reminds me of QPR, Hull and Bolton if you do not go up this year it will take you 5 years

Replying to a Twitter user who suggested that Villa could look for similar ties with an influential agent, Xia warned:" I think you may have very different viewpoints after 2-3 years!"

The Villa owner added: "Yes. If we go up, we will have increased income in many different revenues and allowed more lost for pre clubs every season."

Transfer target

Former Coventry City ace James Maddison has emerged as a transfer target for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 21-year-old has starred for the Canaries this season and recently won an England U21 call-up.

Maddison has six goals and five assists this season and has attracted top-flight interest in recent weeks, too,

Arsenal and Spurs have also checked the midfielder out and Wolves are reported to be keen.

The Sky Blues are monitoring the situation closely because they have a sell-on clause still in place after allowing Maddison to join Norwich in 2016.

The rise of James Maddison

Former Coventry City midfielder James Maddison's career continues on an upward curve.

The talented middle man has established himself in Norwich City's first team with some dazzling displays that were recently rewarded with a call-up to England Under-21s.

Daniel Farke's men remain in touching distance of the play-offs and Maddison has enjoyed a terrific first half of the season.

We get the lowdown on the talented midfielder from Eastern Daily Press reporter Paddy Davitt:

Who spotted him at Coventry?

"While Neil Adams, who was Norwich boss at the time, watched him play for Coventry during Jacob Murphy's spell at the club, the move would have been driven by the the Chief Executive back then, David McNally.

"Tottenham and Liverpool were linked to Maddison and a lot of people in the business knew Coventry were developing a real young talent.

"Norwich were in the Premier League at the time and wanted to kick-on with a view to nurture some of the best young talent around.

"Of course Jacob was on loan so the relationship between the two clubs was already in place, and the Norwich hierarchy obviously thought they could nip in ahead of their Premier League rivals and land his signature.

"With about five minutes to go before the transfer deadline (in 2016), the deal was announced, and everyone realised what a major coup it was because of the other clubs that had been linked with the player.

"The supporters were definitely excited."

Slow start to life in East Anglia...

"He had a bit of a slow start to life at Norwich and didn't really manage to break into the first team. Alex Pritchard was bought for a lot of money from Tottenham and he was the main attacking midfielder last season.

"James was loaned out to Aberdeen, but he showed a lot of promise from his spell in Scotland and shot himself to fame with the free-kick against Rangers.

"He returned to Norwich in the summer and the new boss, Daniel Farke, took an instant liking to him.

"Pritchard got injured during pre-season and Maddison has stepped up to make that position his own.

"When the German came in, he told the Maddison that he clearly has bags of ability but needs to work on certain areas of his game. Things like adapting to the physicality of the Championship and his game management.

"But credit to James he went away and really worked on his game and the results are showing."

'Standout player'

"He has been the standout player so far this season. He was given the award for the Championship Goal of the Month for his strike against Middlesbrough and then of course he produced a brilliant free-kick at Reading in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

"He is only 20-years-old but he understands the game and has a real maturity about him. If you had to ask the fans who would be named Player of the Year as it stands, he would win hands down.

"Not only can he score great goals but you saw with his assist at Arsenal that he is creating everything as well at the minute."

Cult hero?

"Absolutely.

"There are only two clubs in this part of the world and that is Norwich or Ipswich. Both clubs are 40 miles apart and the rivalry is fierce.

"To hit the winner against Ipswich, and at Portman Road as well, he is now definitely a derby legend and on a par with Grant Holt and another former Sky Blues player Leon McKenzie.

"He said post match that it was the best goal of his career because of what it meant to the supporters and the fact that his family were in the stands watching on."

Inevitable interest from rivals

"I wouldn't be too concerned about January because Norwich have just published their latest accounts and they are not under any financial pressure to sell. You can't say for sure of course, but I don't think he will be going anywhere in January.

"Norwich will not want to sell him at all, but if they don't go up this year, then there is a danger of rival clubs showing interest during the summer. Norwich's parachute payments will come to an end and the financial reality will be that they have to offload some players.

"The player will have ambitions of his own and he may feel that staying at Norwich and playing regularly would be better for his development, before a potential step up to the Premier League."

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What the future holds?

Maddison has been making headlines for the Canaries this season and he has established himself in the second tier. His recent display against Arsenal in the EFL Cup showed he has the maturity and ability to perform at the top level.

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If the youngster's rise up the football pyramid continues at the current rate, he will inevitably join Callum Wilson and Daniel Sturridge as the third Sky Blues Academy graduate in the top flight.

A move to the Premier League or promotion with Norwich will see the Sky Blues benefit financially and provide the club with cash to reinvest into the playing staff at the Ricoh Arena.

International honours are also on the cards. Having just been called up for England Under-21s, senior boss Gareth Southgate will, no doubt, be keeping a close eye on his progress.

Wilson departs

Wolves have agreed to let one of their brightest young stars go on loan to Port Vale for the rest of the season.

Speedy striker Donovan Wilson, who was handed his first team debut last year, will join the Valiants until the summer.

The deal for the 20 year old has been confirmed this morning.

Paul Lambert gave Wilson his debut in last season’s FA Cup clash with Chelsea at Molineux. He received another taste of action against Brighton in April last year.

Wilson was the top goalscorer in Premier League 2 last season with 13 goals in 19 appearances.

Port Vale said, in a statement: “The club can confirm that Donovan Wilson has joined on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers until the end of the season.

“Wilson plays as a striker for Wolves’ under-23 team and will be a welcome addition to Neil Aspin’s Port Vale side.

“Wilson initially began his career at Bristol Rovers where he signed his first professional contract at the age of 17, and went on to join Wolves the following December on loan.

“His loan move was with a view to a permanent move, which was completed following the opening of the January transfer window in 2015.

“Despite not making a senior appearance for the remainder of the 2014/15 and the entirety of the 2015/16 season, both parties agreed to extend his deal for another season.

“The 2016/17 season saw Wilson make his first senior team appearance as he was included in the squad for a Football League Trophy fixture. Further, the 20-year old made his FA Cup debut in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

“His first senior goal came in the League Cup in a 2-0 victory over Premier League opponents Southampton. Wilson scored in the final minutes to secure victory for the Championship side.”

Promising Wolves striker leaves on loan

Who is Alex Telles?

Wolverhampton Wanderers are among a clutch of English teams interested in signing Porto’s Brazilian left-back Alex Telles, according to reports in Portugal.

Premier League giants Chelsea and Liverpool have also been linked to the left-back as Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp seek defensive reinforcements.

But what’s all the fuss about? Here’s a bit of background on the in-demand Brazilian.

Like many of Brazil’s professional footballers, Telles graduated from the beaches of southern Brazil to join up with local side Juventude in his teens.

After catching the eye for Juventude, Telles quickly climbed the Brazilian footballing ladder and was snapped up by big-hitters Gremio where the likes of Ronaldinho learnt their trade.

It wasn’t long before Telles completed every young Samba Star’s ambition and signed for a European team. Galatasaray managed to sign a 21-year-old Telles in 2014.

Brazil legend and two-time World Cup winner Roberto Carlos, who enjoyed a spell in Turkey with Fenerbahce towards the end of his playing career, praised his fellow left-back upon arrival.

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"Brazilian players begin to come to Turkey again,” Carlos said. “We see that finally deals with Galatasaray (and) Alex Telles.

“He's a really good player. You can play openly and in many other positions he is a good player, so I believe that Galatasaray can be very useful."

Telles spent 18 months with Galatasaray before joining Inter Milan on loan where he played under Premier League-winning manager Roberto Mancini.

Despite making 21 Serie A appearances during the 2015/16 season, Inter decided not to make Telles’ loan move permanent and he was allowed to join Porto where current Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo was at the helm.

He starred under Nuno last season and has continued his good form under new coach Sergio Conceicao.

Playing style

Telles is widely regarded on the continent as one of the brightest attacking full-backs in Europe. He has plenty of pace and skill, and also possesses a wand of a left-foot which has created many a goal in Porto colours.

Telles has seven assists to his name already this season and created a further 10 goals last season as Porto finished runners-up in Portugal’s top flight.

The 25-year-old has found the net twice in 62 appearances for Porto.

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How much would he cost?

Telles’ agent Fernando Otto told Goal.com over the summer that Porto wouldn’t let one of their prize assets leave on the cheap.

“I don’t know. Porto paid six, seven million euros, but he’s been valued this year, he was the best full-back of the Portuguese league, and in assists numbers he’s the best left-back in Europe.

“I believe they will ask a lot, not a little. Also because there are no full-backs in the market.”

It is being reported elsewhere that Telles has a €40million buyout clause.

During the same interview, Otto explained how he believes Telles will play for Chelsea one day.

“I believe that maybe one day he will play for Chelsea,” he added.

“I don’t know if it’s going to be this season or the next. But I feel like one day he can play for Chelsea.”

What are Wolves’ chances?

Telles would undoubtedly be a coup for Wolves - but would his arrival represent the biggest shock of the Fosun era?

Is it bigger than Helder Costa joining permanently or Ruben Neves signing for a club-record £15.8million last summer?

The answer to both of those questions is ‘no’.

While a deal certainly looks unlikely now with Barry Douglas performing outstandingly well as Wolves’ left wing-back, a summer move for Telles isn't out the realms of possibility.

By that time Wolves are likely to be a Premier League club with greater transfer ambitions.